A Jos based legal practitioner, Mr Emmanuel Menseh Madaki has blamed Governor Simon Bako Lalong style of leadership for the increased insecurity in the State.
He believed that the recent increased insecurity in the State was largely due to the Governor Simon Bako Lalong-led government manifest show of what he called ineptitude and happy-go-lucky attitude.
In an open letter to Governor Simon Bako Lalong on the incessant carnage in Irigwe community, Barrister Madaki believed that the herdsmen/farmers crises and menace escalated wildly with the government treating the issue with cuddling gloves instead of hammer.
The legal practitioner noted that it has developed into a lucrative industry of banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery and killings all over Plateau State, pointing out that “the unfortunate situation is that the criminality is being perpetrated almost on recurrent bases yet there is no modicum of visible effort being demonstrated by the government towards allaying the timeless and perennial fears of the people instead.”
The legal practitioner noted that nothing should be taken for granted, adding that the clock is ticking with the cacophony of dissatisfaction and disaffection everywhere in and outside Plateau state.
Barrister Madaki stated, “We must logically discern and appreciate the significance, implication and likely consequences of your lackluster attitude towards the security and welfare of the people of Plateau state which remains the cardinal responsibility of Government as enshrined under section 14 (2) b of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. With these ugly happenings in the state, we can no longer say with certainty that we have a state called Plateau State.”
He noted that “pathetically baffling is the injustice, molestation and onslaught of great momentum carefully perpetrated on the people of Irigwe in Miango village of Bassa local government area of the state which is the Local Government that houses the 3rd armoured Division of the Nigerian Military, regretting that yet there was no intervention from the military for two clear days when the sad event of wanton inhumanity to man happened leaving many dead and many others homeless.”
He added that “yet the government did not come out to condemn the weakness of the military in not acting swiftly neither did you (Governor) take further plausible steps to assuage the anxiety and frustration of the innocent blood that had been split in the state.”
According to the legal practitioner, “the governor’s singular act of perpetual silence has pictured him and his Government as a weak one and the indigenes of the state are not happy, stressing that the indigenes of the state are tempted to ask the governor to visit Borno State with some long note books to take some lessons from the Governor of Borno State who has been proactive in this area.”
Barrister Madaki asked, “For how long shall you watch the maiming, destruction, constant and unabated killings consume all of us? Today is Irigwe in Miango, tomorrow is Bokkos and the circle turns vicious. We are tired, act now and save your name!”
“I conclude by saying that, Plateau State is the only place we have, we must jealously guard same against external intrusion. The families of the homeless indigenes of Plateau State affected by these dastardly acts must be taken cared of by the government, their houses must be rebuilt and they should be resettled too in no distant time with adequate security to protect our people. I hope sir, wise counsel shall prevail from your ends in the circumstance.”